The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) has launched a nationwide campaign to raise public awareness and encourage people to register to vote in the mobile voter registration currently underway.
Last week, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) launched the long-anticipated mobile Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) campaign, preparing to come up with a new voter’s roll for the 2018 harmonised elections.
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, ZimRights collaborating with ZIFM stereo launched the #10×10 campaign in Gweru’s Mkoba 6 suburb.
The #10×10 campaign encourages each person to mobilise ten other people to register as voters.
Aimed at mobilising citizens to register as voters, the launch event was boosted by open air and free performances from artists such as Ammara Brown and Nicholas Zacharia as well as dance groups, attracting over 2000 people.
The event was aired live on ZiFM stereo, a radio station with a nationwide coverage, with which ZimRights was collaborating.
ZimRights Director Okay Machisa, Midlands Provincial chairperson Martin Bongozozo and National Programs Coordinator Cynthia Manjoro took turns to ZiFM radio listeners about elections and voter registration.
ZimRights has also released a short musical video, urging people to register to vote, which the organisation has been sharing via social media, mainly the social chat application WhatsApp.
Recently, the organisation held a voter registration refresher meeting in Masvingo province in collaboration with the elections think tank Election Resource Centre (ERC).
The campaign to mobilise people to register as voters will be taken to other parts of the country.